Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra

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Summer Session

Join us for some summer pop music! Past concerts have featured musical works from the Harry Potter series, horror movies, and video games. This year's theme is Sogno di Volare or The Dream of Flight. Rehearsals will consist of a 25 minute full orchestra rehearsal, 20 minute sectional, and conclude with a 30 minute full orchestra rehearsal.

Quick info

  • Where: Holy Rosary Parish Center, 546 Grant Ave, North Mankato MN 56003

  • When: Sundays, April 11 - June 13 from 2:00-3:30 P.M.0

  • Concert: Sunday, June 20 | 3:30 P.M. | MN Square Park Pavilion, 1000 S Minnesota Ave., St. Peter MN

  • Membership Fee: $25

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestras is to educate young musicians in a professional symphony atmosphere, to give opportunity to perform a wide variety of symphonic music, and to provide a variety of music education formats. It is our purpose to help prepare the young musician for participation in the world of symphonic music, either as a professional musician or as a patron of the arts.

The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra has been presenting concerts in our communities and teaching students for 54 years.

We now offer several unique opportunities for students to play music including Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic, North Star Strings, Chamber Orchestra, Summer Orchestra, and Summer Jazz.


North Star Strings

North Star Strings (NSS) is an introductory orchestra for students and prepares them for YP. The goal of this ensemble is to introduce students to ensemble playing and help develop note reading. Students in this orchestra will have been playing for 1-3 years in lessons.

Youth Philharmonic

Youth Philharmonic (YP) is the preparatory orchestra for the Symphony Orchestra. YP students should expect to see challenging key signatures (up to 4 flats/sharps), challenging rhythms, and shift into higher positions. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 3-5 or the equivalent and have been playing for 3-6 years.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is our most advanced orchestra offering. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 5 and above and piece difficulty will be in the 4 and above range. Think college level music.